What is sustainability?
According to Wikipedia, sustainability is defined as “the process of maintaining change in a balanced fashion, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations.”
Naturism and sustainability
When we look back to the origins of naturism (nudism), the movement was all about a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature. I am convinced there are still plenty of nude walking people who share that idea in some way or other. And that, for me, already points into the direction of sustainability. The harmony with nature part already shows that naturism’s basic philosophy underwrites a world that is a healthier and better place than many areas in our current world.
A while ago I posted a blog about the fashion industry and the amount of pollution that brings with it. The clearest point of that was that wearing clothes has a severe impact on the environment, so less clothes means less crap in the water and the air.
But it doesn’t end with clothes (for me)
Mankind has taken control of the planet in a way that’s totally irresponsible. Mankind thinks they are lord and master (or lady and mistress) of this ball we still live on. A tiny flaw in this mindset is that ‘mankind’ is very wrong. Just because humans feel invulnerable doesn’t mean they win everything. When air is no longer breathable and water is no longer safe to drink, the all powerful human will be finished quickly.
Humans who think that way should spend a while in the nude, outside, in nature. I wonder if they still feel invulnerable then. Naturists and nudists know the fragility of man when faced the outdoors. When there is no fabric or plastic shielding that thin skin from the rough bark of a tree, things quickly look different.
Man’s place in nature
If we find our place in nature again, I am convinced things can still be set to right.
It won’t be fast because we’ve been doing our best to mess this planet up for decades already, but the nude mindset would be a great help in that.
3 thoughts on “A naturist’s view on sustainability”
I find one of your comments, in my opinion to be only half correct; please allow me to explain.
Mankind has NOT taken control of this planet as you has said otherwise – that is the misstatement I believe to be inaccurate. However the following statement of yours is much more accurate, “Mankind thinks it’s the lord and master…”.
After learning in college what I did in Meteorology, mankind will always only “think” it has taken control of the atmosphere. No matter how much EPA regulation that is implemented, no matter how much pollution can be created, no matter how much the climate is or isn’t, it will always change to balance itself. Mankind is only along for a ride and there’s nothing that can be said or done to control or reverse climate change because it will always change. It will endure and correct itself without mankind’s intervention – even if it means the destruction of mankind.
Having said that, those who are foolish enough to think they are invincible or invulnerable to Mother Nature DO in fact need to spend more naked time outdoors and feel her effects. Maybe they might appreciate it a bit more.
I totally agree that mankind hasn’t taken control of the planet, but a blog sometimes needs a challenging statement. Only the planet has ‘control’ of itself. Not even the mighty dinosaurs managed to keep it for themselves.
Thank you for your response, I appreciate it very much.
Living nude, doing more walking and using bicycles where possible for work and and play would contribute greatly to sustaining our planet. Going clothesfree is probably by far the easiest thing to do, now to just convenience society that it’s the best thing for us all.